SPOOKY holiday snacks in 3 ingredients or less!
#1) Cinnamon Faces:
Baked beans are always a crowd favorite. With recipes from spicy, to sweet or savory, you're sure to have a favorite. Check out this QUICK sweet baked bean recipe that requires only a few INEXPENSIVE ingredients.Step 1: Wash, de-seed, and chop your bell pepper. Remove outer layers of the onion, and chop. Sauté on medium heat until bell pepper softens and onion pieces become translucent.
Pineapple is packed with vitamins, minerals, and enzymes that aid in immune health and digestion. It is a great addition to any meal or snack. This week our local grocers are featuring this sweet treat at a discounted rate.
Add pineapple to smoothies, pizza, stir-fry, teriyaki, grilled meats and other recipes. Pineapple adds sweetness and flavor to all of your favorite recipes.
Making the right selection isn't always as easy. Check out these great tips for successful selection:
2. Scent: Smell is a useful way to interpret pineapple ripeness. The best area for assessment is the base of the fruit. A leafy smell depicts an unripe fruit while a vinegar like scent suggests overripeness.
3. Texture/Feel: Determining ripeness of a pineapple can be deceiving. Assessing the feel of your fruit can determine the inner expected texture. Aim for a firm fruit that is slightly soft. Pay special attention to the base of the fruit, this area ripens fastest so it is the best indicator of ripeness.
Incorporate this fruit into your weekly menu for increased immune support and digestion.
Using herbs and spices in your recipes is an easy way to lower sodium content without loosing flavor. Growing herbs is simple and cost effective. You can do it in your yard, or if not weather or space permitting you can grow them in a small windowsill. Mason jars or small pots work perfect. Local grocers and hardware stores typically carry seed year round.
Harvesting herbs can be as simple as the growth process. Simply remove leaves from the stems if further growth is desired, or cut at the base of the stem.
There are many methods for preservation. For short term storage you can store the stems in a jar with water, for optimal results also cover with a ziplock bag. This process can also work for store bought herbs. For increased storage you can store leaves in a ziplock bag in the freezer.
Use herbs year round to spruce up your favorite recipes and/or replace sodium in your favorite recipes.